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Premme plus size micropleated jumpsuit

So here’s the thing about pleats–they are perhaps the only thing that gets better when smaller. There is just something so special about this micro pleats trend. So when Premme busted out their second collection with a couple of micro pleated pieces, I jumped all up on them. And when I saw one of those pieces was a second version of my favorite striped jumpsuit…

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…I pretty much lost my mind.

Instead of going ultra sexy with this piece, I decided to go with a more daytime vibe.

Premme plus size micropleated jumpsuit

This tee is officially my under-coverage go-to when taking dresses and jumpsuits into the afternoon.

Premme plus size micropleated jumpsuit

The texture is so fashion-forward, I can barely stand it. Now let’s move onto to something with a bit more color and sparkle, also from Premme.

Premme plus size micropleated skirt

This glittery emerald skirt will take me right into the holidays and it is a gorgeous match with Premme’s off-shoulder sweater.

Premme plus size off-shoulder sweater

Premme plus size off-shoulder sweater

Bitch, it even has pockets.

Premme plus size micropleated skirt

I love how micro pleats trend is in no way combined to skirts. There are a plethora of ways to try this out for yourself! Here are some of my favorite pieces you can score online right meow:

Micro Pleat Top

Micro Pleat Top

This slinky little tunic will look just as edgy with your favorite jeans.

Polka Dot Print Crepe Pleated Skater Skirt

Polka Dot Print Crepe Pleated Skater Skirt

This flippy little skirt will look killer with those thick tights you’ve been dying to wear.

Plus Size Crinkled Top with Necklace

Plus Size Crinkled Top with Necklace

Leopard prints, shine, and chains–it’s a bit much. Or is it just enough?

Plus Size Micro-Pleat Palazzo Pants

Plus Size Micro-pleat Palazzo Pants

If you loved the look of that Premme jumpsuit but love yourself some separates even more, I’ve got you.

Plus Size Micro Pleated Plunging Romper

Plus Size Micro Pleated Plunging Romper

There’s that millennial pink again.

Plus Size Micro-Pleated Dress

Plus Size Micro-Pleated Dress

This amazing piece plays with micro pleat in a mixed composite to create such a unique treatment. Love.

Plus Size Pleated Metallic Skirt

Women's Plus Size Pleated Metallic Skirt - Ava & Viv

If you’re looking for a piece that will look good with any tee in your closet, here she is.

Plus Size Pleated Metallic Bomber Jacket

Women's Plus Size Pleated Metallic Bomber Jacket - Ava & Viv

I have yet to meet a bomber I haven’t loved and this is no exception.

Plus Size Printed Pleated Cold Shoulder Dress

Women's Plus Size Printed Pleated Cold Shoulder Dress - Ava & Viv

This dress is an exquisite mix of regular AND micro pleats. Plus the color and print are effing perf.

Plus Size Velvet Pleated Skirt

Women's Plus Size Velvet Pleated Skirt - Ava & Viv

Velvet AND micro pleats?! Dead.

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Fall is finally here (sometimes even for minutes at a time) and I can’t wait to cover my life in camel and my lips in bordeaux. Most of all, I am DYING to wear velvet like every damn day. Let me kick it off with this gorgeous gold skirt. You can grab it from Fashion Nova at a discount with code MAMAFIERCE.

Going to the gym shirt

What I love about velvet is the myriad ways you can dress it up or down. I’m all about a mix of glam and punk and this piece looks killer with a graphic tee and leopard sneakers. I got this APT tee from Burger and Friends.

Plus size velvet skirt

Notice I’ve got a little bra peeking out and it is ALSO maroon. It’s all about the little deets.

Plus size velvet skirt

As I mentioned, I already have TONS of velvet but it’s just never enough yaknow? So here is my velvet wishlist for fall chock full of velvet plus size pieces you just might die over. Sorry in advance.

Velvet Bomber Jacket

Velvet Bomber Jacket

You’ve probably already heard of my obsession with Cat & Jack and how I’m thinking of hounding and harassing them into making adult plus sizes. Until then, this jacket should hold me over.

Velvet Sweatpants

Velvet Sweatpants

Sporty joggers and in that millennial pink, too? Yiss pls.

Letter Crushed Velvet Plus Size Top

Letter Crushed Velvet Plus Size Top

I confess, this is actually in the mail on its way to me rn. I wear my truth, damn it.

Plus Melissa Embroidery Detail Strappy Velvet Dress

Plus Melissa Embroidery Detail Strappy Velvet Dress

Embroidery is still my jam and I hope we still see a ton of it transition from summer to fall.

Studio Metallic Embroidered Cape

Studio Metallic Embroidered Cape

Speak of the devil. Holy shit, I need this.

Velvet Wrap Suit

Velvet Wrap Jacket With Satin Trim

Guys. Seriously guys. This suit it everything. Available in separates, of course: Jacket, Pants

Pleated Skirt

Pleated Skirt

Watch me rock this one on my Facebook live video!

Lurex Embroidered Ankle Booties

Lurex Embroidered Ankle Booties

Don’t forget that velvet is a head-to-toe affair.

Velvet Gemstone Statement Choker

Velvet Gemstone Statement Choker

Plus, it’s all about the accents.

I’ve recently rejoined the world of the office worker (part-time copywriting) and of course, I found my closet bereft of respectable clothes and had to go shopping post haste. Pencil shirts and crop tops used to be my 9-5 jam but I find myself going a lil’ more retro lately. Ruffles and pinafores are back for their fall spotlight and while I normally hate them, they are terribly cute with circle skirts–just like this dreamy camel skirt with an even dreamier lining…which you can’t even see! Rude.

ModCloth circle skirt

So BLOOP, here it is.

ModCloth circle skirt

I admit, it looks off. Bit at least it’s interesting! I’m all for trying things backwards and inside out should the mood strike. Sometimes you end up with happy accidents, like when I wore THIS SKIRT backwards and it looked amazing.

ModCloth circle skirt

Also, these fucking spotted green velvet booties are giving me so much life rn. I really was in dire need of a fall boot and fully plan on rocking these with some boyfriend jeans in the soon time.

Shopping Linkies:

Ruffled chambray shirt | Old Navy
Cheetah boots | Old Navy
Just This Sway midi skirt | ModCloth

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One thing about me–I am a recovering jewelry addict. I used to work in fashion jewelry and owned a bib necklace and cuff bracelet for every occasion. Gaudy doesn’t begin to describe my accessory collection of years’ past. However, when plus size clothing options gradually improved, I was able to put the big baubles down and create some real looks.  But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t legit giddy over Universal Standard’s jewelry collection.

Universal Standard plus size jewelry

Rings are usually always a pain for me. Literally. Stretch cocktail rings are uncomfortable AF and I don’t want to shell out a lot of money on sized ones. So I absolutely love this stackable tile ring and how it pairs with this sleek pendant.

Universal Standard plus size jewelry

Universal Standard plus size jewelry

This quality tee is also from US and it is as so incredibly soft yet sturdy. As part of a capsule collection, it will give me plenty of mileage as it pairs casually with jeans or makes statement pieces for accessible, like these PANTS OMG RIGHT?

Universal Standard plus size jewelry

They are actually half of a jumpsuit I loved but always had issues with the top so *snip snip boom*, new pants are born. I have partied in them, slept in them, then gotten up and brunched in them. They are life.

Universal Standard plus size jewelry

They also look amazing with sneakers.

Shopping Linkies:

Cutaway neck tee | Universal Standard
Pebble necklace | Universal Standard
Tile ring | Universal Standard
MIA bow sneakers | Amazon

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Shopping for bottoms has been my jam lately for one very important reason: I’m expecting…to keep the extra inches I have gained around my middle for a while as I shed more and more toxic dieting behaviors.

Let me explain! I took an online course called Dare Not to Diet, which is amazing. It made me realize my ED recovery had become very dietesque and suffocating and crazy-making. So as I shed all my food “rules” that once kept me safe but now make me insane, my body is changing in response. And while most of my clothes still fit, tight jeans can be triggering and looser pants are definitely more gentle mentally right now. Also, they are insanely cloot.

plus size palazzo pants

plus size west coast bathing suit

If you’re not wearing your bathing suits as bodysuits rn, you are not getting your money’s worth. In fact, I have yet to wear this one for its intended purpose but I will because LOOK AT THE BACK OMG

plus size west coast bathing suit

Slitted pants are the thing right now and I am so happy to be on this train. This pair reminds me of the movie Angus in the most affectionate way:

plus size side slit pants

I just noticed how “knotty” this look is. Top knot, tee knot, waist knot. I did not plan this. Magic just happens.

I'm not a blogger tee

OK this last one is my favorite:

Plus size wide leg pants

It’s not often I get to rock the collared shirt and statement necklace look but it is one of my top 10 styles.

Plus size wide leg pants

It was also a great opportunity to strap on my super nostalgic platform sandals. Yes, they are lighter than Cool Whip.

platform sandals

Oh and who dis bb?

Plus size wide leg pants

plus size fashion

It’s my ket, Divvy. She does really go with the rust pants.

Shopping Linkies:

West Coast swimsuit | Forever 21
Not a blogger tee | Forever 21
Side slit tie pants | Eloquii
Chambray top | Poshmark (Join now and get $5 to spend on any item! Use code GOCLP)
Platform sandals (only available in black) | Rocket Dog

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Finally getting to try a brand that has been on my radar for a while is like Christmas come early. But this particular brand is close to my heart for one very important reason–They. Get. It.

Universal Standard understands that women’s bodies change and fluctuate, sometimes rapidly. So they made it their policy that you can exchange any piece of clothing for a different size within one full year. Yeah. Amazing right? I know stressing about fitting into my clothes takes up way too much of my mental energy.

Universal Standard black top and skirt

What’s equally amazing is their dramatic yet minimalist style and impeccable construction. For those of you looking to create a capsule wardrobe, US is a great resource and definitely worth the designer price tag.

Universal Standard black top and skirt

They are also the place to be if you live for black. While they do have a few colorful pieces, US specializes in what I like to call The Grownup Goth. I’m here for it. We all know I have enough neon makeup and accessories to make it my own, particularly these ridiculous earrings from NIN 3. They make me miss Coachella so damn much.

Plus size obi tie belt

It’s all about playing with texture when going monochrome. The resin finish of the tee and the sleek satin of the belt are in perfect harmony.

Universal Standard black top and skirt

Universal Standard black top and skirt

Also, I need to talk about these shoes. So I’m 32 and apparently I am falling apart because I fucked up my foot WHILE WALKING. I was wearing zero-cushion shoes on concrete and my foot was basically like oh this part of your life is over. Now cushioned foot-beds will be a thing you actually shop for. Luckily, Clarks are cloot and I want to be buried in these wedges.

Shopping Linkies:

Carver top | Univeral Standard
Unity skirt | Universal Standard
Obi belt | Universal Standard
Freak earrings | NIN 3
Clarks Clarene wedge | Nordstrom

God, there is nothing I hate more than wearing my interests and displaying them for all to see.

Psych.

Me and wearable pop-culture references go way back. After all, when plus-size fashion was even more sparse than it is now, you could always rely on finding men’s tees and pants to fit your frame. Because sexism. But luckily, Torrid is bringing me back to my fashion roots without resulting to DIY to make things a bit more femme. How cute is this tee that accurately depicts my love of breakfast food?

Eggo waffles t-shirt

Eggo waffles t-shirt

Of course, Torrid’s pop culture gear includes a lot more than waffle memorabilia. I was torn between this top and every Nirvana shirt they had. Plus, they came out with an All That tank top right after I ordered this because life is cruel. And even though I’m down with the Disney, wearing it isn’t usually my thing but respect to those who do.

Plus size patched bomber jacket

Also OMG I love this jacket. It’s a super lightweight bomber, ideal for the Bay’s wishy washy stance on wind chill. Plus, I love me some patches.

Plus size patched bomber jacket

Also, have you heard me rant on the perfect fit that is the Torrid extra short jean? Length is always a problem, but I gladly deal with it for the right fit everywhere else. Torrid has never made me compromise. They are hands-down my favorite jeans on the planet. And for less that $50 a pop, give me all of them please and thank you.

Shopping Linkies:

Eggo shirt | Torrid
Jacket | Torrid
Jeans | Torrid

 

I have to preface this post by saying nothing will ever replace crop tops in my heart. Nothing. Feeling myself hard enough to wear a crop top was a life-changing experience. I understand how trivial that sounds but imagine if you were my fupa and you spent your entire life in hiding and one day, a magical piece of clothing set you free. So, yeah. Just let that simmer for a while.

Even though crop tops were my number one middle finger to fatphobic fashion, mesh tops are really rising to the top of my list. But how about a mesh top you can tie into a knotted crop? Mind blown.

Nothing to wear plus size mesh top

Nothing to wear plus size mesh topIt was Mother’s Day and I was having a MOMENT with this concha. Not only was it the best I have had since I was a kid, it fucking matched my lipstick. I need to work with food props more often.

Nothing to wear plus size mesh top

“Corazooooooooooooon.”

Nothing to wear plus size mesh top

Pink concha

Sure fine I gave you life but I can see that’s not enough so here take my delicious concha. Grumble.

I actually blame the serendipitous concha/lipstick matching to my recent pinktastic episodes in which I just pile on the blush and bashful to an obscene degree like right about now…

Floral mesh plus size bodysuit

Yep. Those are fuzzy pink sandals. And pink velvet.

Floral mesh plus size bodysuit

And my hair is a wee bit pink.

Floral mesh plus size bodysuit

And it’s imperative that I talk about this bralette I am wearing–my first purchase from Rue 21. While I love bralettes and have learned to embrace my natural breast shape in return for ditching fucking underwires, this magical thing told me I could have it all. It has structure AND comfort. It is Christmas.

So do you guys remember those Magic Slate things where you can draw or write on neon pink plastic that clings to a white board underneath? This top makes me feel like a human version of that.

Neon orange plus size mesh top

Neon orange plus size mesh top

Neon orange plus size mesh top

No need to stop, drop, and roll. I am not really on fire.

Neon orange plus size mesh top

Neon orange plus size mesh top

Neon orange plus size mesh topMirror nails and glitter eyes. My middle name is toofuckingmuchomgstop. I scare myself sometimes.

Neon orange plus size mesh top

See?

Shopping Linkies:

Nothing to wear top | Forever 21 (Get 2% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
Floral mesh bodysuit | Forever 21
Velvet pants | Rue 107
Lace bralette | Rue 21
Faux fur sandals | Amazon
Neon mesh top | ASOS (Get 5% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)

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I’m a mom. Therefor, you have five seconds to guess where my happy place is. It’s a magical land where I can silence my preschooler with popcorn. Where I can grab a birthday present and a side dish last minute because I don’t have my shit together as a person. Where I can score an entire outfit plus lipstick plus avocados and make my husband regret sending me out for avocados. Target is my zen–my loud, crowded zen. But one thing I never usually get too excited about are Target collections. Cuz fat.

Now, I am kind of an in-betweenie at Target. I can shop the larger straight sizes sometimes. With collections however, unless they have designated plus sizes, I’m often out of luck. Usually it’s because these designers have a personal vendetta against stretch. Sometimes they just have a low-key vendetta against fats. SHRUG.

But not Becks!

Victoria Beckham plus size orange skirt

The Victoria Beckham plus size collection, which is almost identical to her straight size selection, offers up to 3x and 26. Even this is limited in terms of size inclusivity, I know. But I was pleasantly surprised to find out that some of these pieces ran 1-2 sized bigger. I had to buy this skirt in a 1x when I am easily a 2.

Victoria Beckham plus size orange skirt

Victoria Beckham plus size orange skirt

I really loved the loud, citrus-y mod vibe of some of these pieces but the pastels were also calling to me. Mint and blush ughhhh. So good. I’ve also been on a pink kick so I pulled the trigger real quick on these shorts.

Victoria Beckham plus size pink shorts

Victoria Beckham plus size pink shorts

Yet, what is the ultimate test of a collection? It boils down to one question–does it have a goddamn romper?

IT DO.

becks7smallVictoria Beckham plus size orange romper

becks7smallVictoria Beckham plus size orange romper

With scallopsssssss. It’s like she knows my weaknesses–dayglow and scallops!!!

becks7smallVictoria Beckham plus size orange romper

*harps and choirs*

becks7smallVictoria Beckham plus size orange romper

Pleased. I haven’t been this stoked since the Who What Wear line and I hope she continues with it. Plus, there is a legit void re-interpreted retro in plus sizes. Other retailers commit too heavily to the aesthetic, which can look costume-y at times. Nothing cheesy about these pieces. I’m sold. 10/10 will buy again.

Shopping Linkies:

Orange twill skirt | Target

Jacquard shorts | Target

Scallop romper | Target

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I have two theories as to why I’ve been feeling all grunge-types of angsty lately. One, I’ve been REALLY into chokers and when they join forces with my shaggy baby bangs, I just see Courtney Love in the mirror. Two, I’m actually depressed. Literally. No punchline.

I’m gonna go with the former, at least long enough to cover this outfit. Then we can get real.

Lane Bryant Prabal Gurung plus size skirt

Ugh band tees and skirts. Did I ever tell you about the time I wore my un-cut, long and boxy AF Marilyn Manson shirt with a pink circle skirt for a solid week in college? Of course, I didn’t have the fucking sense to tuck it in or do anything to make it look at all good. I was just too stoked that I could, in theory, pair these two pieces of clothing I loved. I was just starting to wear women’s clothing on the reg at that point so there was a learning curve. Obviously.

In Utero shirt

Anyway, that was my first band tee/skirt combo and many other have followed sense. I feel like this is my Patronus outfit. This is the type of look that literally is me. It’s trash but its fancy trash?

Lane Bryant Prabal Gurung plus size skirt

OK so back to the real shit. I am now at the six-month mark since I quit my job and started freelancing and blogging full-time. My life is better in many ways. My life is worse in maybe a few more? It’s hard to tell. How can you really be objective about your own life? Either way, I’m having a tough time a lot of the time and this is something I haven’t said since a couple of years ago when I was trying to find a job that was the right fit after Vince was born. It’s just difficult to sit in and surrender to. It’s hard not to immediately get into fix-it mode. There might not be anything to fix. There may just be some adjusting on my part. In the meantime, I’ll keep doing what I know works–pairing band tees with skirts. 😉

Shopping Linkies:

Prabal Gurung lace-up skirt | Lane Bryant (2.5% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
In Utero shirt | Amazon